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Bellator 191: By The Numbers

Bellator MMA no doubt sees untapped potential in Michael McDonald . The oft-injured 26-year-old bantamweight will make his promotional debut against Peter Ligier in the Bellator 191 main event on Friday at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England. His career beset by a rash of injuries, McDonald has fought just twice in the last four years. The Oakdale MMA representative last competed at UFC Fight Night 91 in July 2016, when he was on the receiving end of a brutal first-round knockout from the notoriously vicious and heavy-handed John Lineker . Soon after, McDonald parted ways with the Ultimate Fighting Championship . Ligier, meanwhile, enters the cage with the wind of a three-fight winning streak in his sails. The 31-year-old Frenchman last fought at European Beatdown 2 on Oct. 14, when he claimed a unanimous decision over Alexander Sasha Pirev at Mons Arena in Mons, Belgium. Ligier has secured five of his eight professional victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission. With the McDonald-Ligier showdown on the marquee, here are some of the numbers of intrigue surrounding Bellator 91: 3: Straight losses for Valerie Letourneau , who makes her organizational debut opposite Kate Jackson in the co-main event.

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Matches to Make After UFC Fight Night ‘Swanson vs. Ortega’

Brian Ortega has played a variety of roles since joining the Ultimate Fighting Championship roster in 2014, steroid cheat and rehabilitated prospect among them. Add featherweight contender to the list. Ortega submitted longtime Jackson-Wink MMA standout Cub Swanson with a sensational second-round guillotine choke in the UFC Fight Night 123 main event on Saturday at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. Swanson conceded defeat 3:22 into Round 2 and watched the equity associated with his four-fight winning streak dwindle to nothing. Despite disadvantages in the speed and experience departments, Ortega marched ahead like a man with a plan. Swanson was superior in the standup exchanges but not so dominant that it forced “T-City” to alter his course. Ortega nearly sealed the deal with a brabo choke in the closing seconds of the first round. He returned in the second to finish what he started. A Gracie jiu-jitsu black belt with a flair for the dramatic, Ortega has finished each of his last five opponents: Swanson, Renato Carneiro , Clay Guida , Diego Brandao and Thiago Tavares .

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Mark Hunt Draws Curtis Blaydes at UFC 221 in Perth | MMAWeekly.com

Though Blaydes lost to current No. 1 contender Francis Ngannou in his first trip to the Octagon, he has since reeled off four consecutive victories. A win over the likes of Hunt would catapult him into the division’s upper echelon.

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UFC Fight Night 123 Post-Mortem: Coming-Out Party

UFC Fight Night 123 on Saturday marked the Ultimate Fighting Championship ’s first-ever event in Fresno, California, and gave rise to a number of exciting fights, saw new blood entering the ranks of the elite and bore witness to an instant “Knockout of the Year” contender. With those highlights as the backdrop, it seems safe to assume this will not be the last time the UFC visits the Central Valley. In the headliner, Brian Ortega walked in as a promising up-and-comer and walked out as a full-fledged title contender in a division filled with bona fide killers. A Future Star Shines Brightest The main event between Ortega and Cub Swanson was a high-stakes confrontation for both men. Swanson went into the match having won four fights in a row and made it a point to declare he was looking to secure a title shot with a win over “T-City.” To make matters even dicier, it was the final fight on Swanson’s contract. He felt confident letting it all play out before entering into negotiations with the UFC. Known as an exciting finisher throughout his career, Swanson wanted to let his performance in the cage do the talking.

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Carbajal: What’s Cub Swanson’s Next Move?

Editor’s note: The views and opinions expressed below are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Sherdog.com, its affiliates and sponsors or its parent company, Evolve Media. * * * Cub Swanson fulfilled the final fight on his Ultimate Fighting Championship contract at UFC Fight Night 123 on Saturday in Fresno, California. After it was over and even though Swanson lost to a promising up-and-comer in Brian Ortega , UFC President Dana White told the perennial featherweight contender: “Let’s get a deal done.” It was another sign that Swanson is not your average, ordinary competitor. Usually, fighters are not encouraged to negotiate new contracts in the immediate aftermath of a high-profile defeat. Swanson was on a four-fight winning streak before being beaten by the undefeated Ortega . He troubled Ortega with timing, speed and unorthodox angles during their standup exchanges. Both featherweights hold black belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, but Ortega’s choke attacks turned the tide in his favor. He nearly finished it at the end of the first round before closing out Swanson in Round 2.

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By the Numbers: UFC Fight Night 123

Brian Ortega isn’t someone you want near your neck. Outgunned on the feet by Cub Swanson in the UFC Fight Night 123 headliner, Ortega lured his opponent into his realm, winning via guillotine choke 3:22 into the second round of their bout in Fresno, Calif., on Saturday night. “T-City” nearly finished the fight with a guillotine in round one, but Swanson, after winning most of the frame, was saved by the bell. He wasn’t nearly as lucky in the second stanza, as Ortega continues to establish himself as a rising star in the featherweight division. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night 123, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com. 5: Consecutive victories for Ortega, tying him with Darren Elkins for the second longest active winning streak in the Ultimate Fighting Championship ’s featherweight division. Max Holloway is No. 1 with 11 straight triumphs. 5: Consecutive finishes in the Octagon for Ortega, tying him with Stipe Miocic and Maribek Taisumov for the second longest active finishing streak in the promotion.

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Valentina Shevchenko Books UFC Flyweight Debut in February | MMAWeekly.com

Shevchenko has long been considered one of the favorites to challenge for the new UFC women’s flyweight title once she dropped down to 125 pounds but first things first she has to get a win under her belt in the weight class.

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Jason Knight Addresses Finger-Biting Incident vs. Gabriel Benitez at UFC Fight Night 123

Nothing went as planned for Jason Knight at UFC Fight Night 123 . Not only did the 25-year-old Mississippi native lose a clear-cut unanimous decision to underdog Gabriel Benitez in the evening’s co-main event in Fresno, Calif., but he looked like something of a dirty fighter in doing so. In the opening round, Knight was deducted a point for biting his opponent while attempting a takedown. One point for...biting? #UFCFresno https://t.co/h6c6zRsKEc — FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) December 10, 2017 “He bit my thumb, my finger,” Benitez said in a post-fight media scrum. “I tried to grab the chin, and he bit two times. In the fight, this happens. … No [I don’t think he’s dirty], because in this sport everything happens. It was a mistake. It’s just a sport.” While Knight doesn’t deny biting his opponent, he claims there was a little bit more going on than Benitez simply attempting to grab his chin during the incident. “[Yeah] I accidentally bit the dude this weekend,” Knight wrote on Twitter. “[You] put your fingers in my mouth, I’ll bite them too.

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Opinion: Mixed Feelings for the Middleweight Division

Editor’s note: The views and opinions expressed below are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Sherdog.com, its affiliates and sponsors or its parent company, Evolve Media. * * * Of all the memes that MMA has given us, none is more perpetually useful than Nate Diaz ’ classic line after he defeated Conor McGregor : “I’m not surprised, mother [expletives].” This was the precise feeling I and no doubt many others had when it was announced that Georges St. Pierre had vacated the Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight title. At 33 days, his championship reign would rank as the sixth shortest celebrity marriage , a comparative metric far more fitting than other UFC title runs. St. Pierre’s decision to vacate the title caps a strange 18 months for the middleweight belt. The top of the division has been on a meandering journey ever since Michael Bisping knocked out Luke Rockhold in June 2016. That was bizarre enough on its own. It included what has got to be cleanest single punch of Bisping’s UFC career, and it was on short notice against a man who had thoroughly demolished him before.

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UFC 219 test run for AI-inspired glove sensors approved

The Nevada State Athletic Commission today approved a test run for a new UFC-approved product that uses analytics and artificial intelligence to tell the story of a fight.

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VIDEO | New footage shows Marlon Moraes was seriously worried after brutal KO of Aljamain Sterling | BJPenn.com

Last weekend, on the main card of the UFC’s action-packed stop in Fresno, California, former World Series of Fighting bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes stepped into the Octagon with long-time UFC bantamweight contender Aljamain Sterling. In this fight, Moraes came out in the biggest way possible, flatlining his opponent with a switch-kick-turned-knee early in the first round.

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The Destruction of a Division: Georges St. Pierre, Michael Bisping and UFC matchmakers have left the 185-pound weight class in shambles, writes @ToddMartinMMA . http://bit.ly/2yipFJu  pic.twitter.com/1DEgJ5zkbo

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UFC Veteran Kiichi Kunimoto to Face Satoru Kitaoka at Rizin’s Dec. 29 Event

Five-time UFC competitor Kiichi Kunimoto will square off against Satoru Kitaoka in a 165-pound catchweight fight at Rizin Fighting Federation’s Dec. 29 event in Saitama, Japan. The card takes place at the Saitama Super Arena and features the quarterfinals of the bantamweight grand prix. The promotion also announced a clash between Hiroyuki Takaya and Baataryn Azjavkhlan and a women’s bout pitting Shizuka Sugiyama against Kana Wataabe. The Japanese organization also revealed that Tenshin Nasukawa will meet Yuta Hamamoto as part of its four-man kickboxing tournament on Dec. 31. Mitsuhisa Sunabe will face Yamato Fujita in the other contest. Kunimoto, 36, exited the UFC earlier this year on the heels of back-to-back defeats against Zak Ottow and Neil Magny . Prior to that, “Strasser” had won seven consecutive fights, including victories over Richard Walsh , Daniel Sarafian and Luiz Jorge Dutra Jr. in the Octagon. Kunimoto is 18-7-2 with one no contest over the course of his professional career. The 37-year-old Kitaoka competed at Rizin’s July 30 event, losing to Yusuke Yachi via second-round technical knockout.

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MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast #142: Ortega Taps Out Swanson At UFC Fresno! Lawler vs RDA Winnipeg Preview

All podcasts (video+mp3) can be found here: http://mmaheat.com/podcast/ . On this edition of The MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast, Karyn Bryant and UFC Welterweight Alan Jouban discuss the action that went down at UFC Fresno, where Featherweight Brian Ortega submitted Cub Swanson in the main event. Karyn and Alan talk about “T-City’s” incredible #BJJ skills, Cub’s potential new #UFC contract and whether or not Ortega is ready for a title fight. Karyn and Alan also share their thoughts on Marlon Moraes’ knee KO of Aljamain Sterling, the biting incident in the Gabriel Benitez vs Jason Knight bout and Alexis Davis’s split decision win over Liz Carmouche. Plus, they look ahead to the #UFCWinnipeg main event between former champs Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos, and we hear another “Keepin’ It Real With Kenny Johnson” as Kenny shares his thoughts on what makes a good teammate/training partner. SUBSCRIBE for more from MMA coverage: https://www.youtube.com/KarynBryant?s... * Follow Karyn on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/KarynBryant * Follow Alan on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/AlanJouban * Follow Wade on Twitter: http://www.

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LFA Reveals Early 2018 Plans, Announces Trio of Cards and Title Fights for January

Legacy Fighting Alliance is beginning 2018 with a bang. The promotion has announced its first three events of the coming new year, all taking place in the month of January. The events’ main cards will air live on AXS. LFA 30 is scheduled for Jan. 12 at the Orange County Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, California and a week later, LFA 31 emanates from Phoenix’s Comerica Theatre. Jan. 26 will make it three cards on consecutive Fridays for the company when LFA 32 goes down at the Golden Nugget Lake Charles in Lake Charles, Louisiana. LFA 30 will be headlined by welterweight clash between Nick Barnes and Curtis Millender and the headliner of LFA 31 sees Bobby Moffett and Thanh Le square off for the interim featherweight title. LFA 32 is a championship doubleheader, as Brendan Allen and undefeated Anthony Hernandez square off for the vacant middleweight title in main event, while UFC veteran Alex Nicholson meets Ryan Spann to crown the inaugural LFA light heavyweight champion.

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Dana White: 'Unbelievable' Brian Ortega won't get UFC title shot before Frankie Edgar

“Without a doubt, this kid’s obviously the future,” White told MMAjunkie following UFC Fight Night 123. “Cub Swanson looked incredible tonight. … The problem is, this Ortega kid, if he even puts his hands on you man – and he had him in the first round, and I’ve never seen a guy up in a guillotine choke like that and lets go, repositions his hands, and gets the choke. Against a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt too. Unbelievable. Incredible performance that definitely puts this kid on the map.”

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First fight in the UFC, and she gets The Bullet..........WTF??? I respect VS for not turning down fights, but shouldn't her next one be for the 125 lb belt, or at least be a number one contender fight, at 125?

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I had a great convo with former #UFC champ @RdosAnjosMMA , who told me why he'll beat Lawler at #UFCWinnipeg + why Woodley should be worried when they meet in the Octagon: http://tinyurl.com/RDAFOX 

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UFC 221 in Australia could get 2nd pay-per-view title fight

UFC 221 marks the UFC’s debut in Perth and Western Australia, and with the country getting a rare PPV card, it kicks off on Sunday at approximately 7 a.m. local time to accommodate the time difference and North American audiences.

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En route to Winnipeg to cover UFC on FOX 26: Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos. I'll be providing video content (both produced and live streaming) for @MMAIndiaShow this week. #UFCWinnipeg

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Video: 'Road to the Octagon' full episode for Saturday's UFC on FOX 26

In the co-main event, top featherweight contender Ricardo Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) takes on late replacement Josh Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), who looks to make a statement with an upset win. Additionally, Mike Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) square off in a much anticipated welterweight affair.v

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No one could beat Jose Aldo for 10 years. Conor McGregor did it in 13 seconds. We had a new Featherweight King. pic.twitter.com/2aZRveNsY5

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Let Brett Johns' story be a warning: When street fighting, maybe avoid historical monuments

In light of that, Johns thinks he maybe should have taken the scuffle somewhere else. But on the other hand, there’s also the possibility that his great-grandfather would have been proud to see him stand his ground against what was ultimately a bully.

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UFC on FOX 26 main-event breakdown: Can Rafael dos Anjos survive Robbie Lawler's initial storm? http://bit.ly/2C0DJd0  pic.twitter.com/YTKR1CBJ46

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Bellator's Valerie Letourneau views ex-UFC champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk as proof she made right move http://bit.ly/2AQtdp7  pic.twitter.com/NbZPNv6OXa

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Robert Whittaker and Luke Rockhold's First UFC 221 Face-Off Video | MMAWeekly.com

UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and challenger Luke Rockhold squared off for the first time on Tuesday in Australia. The two will meet in February in the UFC 221 main event , when the MMA juggernaut lands in Perth, Western Australia, for the first time.

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Top UFC​ lightweight contender @EAlvarezFight says he's in no hurry to fight the title, believes the UFC belt has lost its value. Do you agree? Read full story: https://www.mmafighting.com/2017/12/12/16763812/eddie-alvarez-created-most-violent-fighter-title-because-ufc-belts-have-not-a-lot-of-value … pic.twitter.com/vzTVFzJJxf

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Tony Ferguson reveals targeted return date — to hopefully fight Conor McGregor — following 'minor' elbow surgery #UFC @TonyFergusonXT http://bit.ly/2BagyQD 

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@ElginTheAnvil we def can't miss these fights! Love me some free fights and love me some Lawler!! Favorite kind of date night with my main man! Let's go boys! #fightnight #MMA #freefights #ufc #datenight

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Luke is cocky, but extremely well rounded. Whittaker is tough and hits hard. I think if Luke can keep from getting hit with a big shot I think he will win. Should be fun.

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Frankie Edgar Targeting Spring to Challenge Max Holloway in UFC Title Fight | MMAWeekly.com

Regardless of the final date, Edgar knows he’s in for a tough fight with the current champion, who is on a 12-fight winning streak and only getting better with each bout. But with history on the line, Edgar is up for the challenge. A victory over Holloway would make Edgar only the fifth fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two different weight classes.

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Edmonton Bans Combat Sports for 1 Year Following Death of Tim Hague in Boxing Match

The Edmonton City Council has enacted a one-year ban on all combat sports following the death of Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Tim Hague in a boxing match on June 16. The news was announced in a release on Friday. The bylaw, which will temporarily halt the issuing of licenses or event permits for combat sports in Edmonton, takes effect on Saturday and will remain in place until Dec. 31, 2018. The decision comes after a third-party review into the Hague’s death. An in-camera update on the review was given to the City Council on Friday. The final report on Hague’s death is expected to be released to the public no later than Dec. 14. “We anticipate the release of the report into the tragic death of Mr. Hague and a continued conversation about the proper role of the municipality in the field of combative sports,” Rob Smyth, Deputy City Manager of Citizen Services at the City of Edmonton, said in the release. Hague suffered a second-round knockout loss to former Canadian Football League talent Adam Braidwood in a bout held under the KO Boxing banner at the Shaw Conference Center on June 16.

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